… to the Colorado Springs area chapter of the National Audubon Society.

We’d like to invite you to our next meeting! We offer free programs of interest to nature fans of all ages. Everyone is welcome. You can also find current information about upcoming birding trips, and/or plan to attend another birding event. Check our other links for helpful information, recent sightings, more birding opportunities, and ways you can get involved as an Aiken volunteer and/or citizen scientist. Interested? Click to learn more about Aiken Audubon. Finally, don’t miss the current issue of our newsletter, the Aikorns! We hope to see you soon.

Aiken News

  • We’ll see you on Wednesday, February 16, 2016, for our next program, “Flammulated Owls—An Update” presented by Brian Linkhart. In honor of Valentine’s Day, the program will be preceded by our annual Death by Chocolate potluck. Bring something delicious to share! Doors open at 6:30 at the Colorado Parks & Wildlife building on Sinton Road. (Directions)
  • We still have some 2016 Aiken Calendars left. Get yours for a discounted suggestion donation of $6. Proceeds go to support Aiken programs and local conservation. See more…
  • Aiken Audubon is seeking a couple of committee chairpersons: Program Chair and Education Chair. We also need field trip leaders! Click here for more information.
  • The results from the Christmas Bird Count are in. Click here to see Tyler’s write-up and a list of the birds seen and their numbers for each area.
  • Updates are constantly being added to our Conservation News page. Many require immediate action. More opportunities are found in the Citizen Science section. Don’t miss your opportunity to make a difference.
  • Cancellation policy: In case of inclement weather, our monthly program will be cancelled if Pikes Peak Community College cancels its evening classes. A cancellation notice will also be posted here on our website. For field trips, the trip leaders will make the decision and notify participants, and we will also post the decision on this page and on the current field trip page.
  • Do you blog about birds? Tell us about your blog, then check out our ever-growing list of Aiken Audubon bird bloggers!

Look for the Aiken Audubon Society on Facebook. Wes, our Western Screech Owl mascot, will keep you updated with all the latest happenings, as well as photos and plenty of comments. See you there!

Birding News

  • The annual Colorado Legislative Forum will be held in Denver on February 27. This is your chance to influence policy decisions regarding conservation issues. Learn more…
  • Pinello Ranch is looking for Volunteer Docents to help with any of the following: Guided Birding Hikes, Bird Surveys, Bird Banding Station and/or School Groups. Contact David Rudin to learn more: drudin@ppcf.org.
  • 10 Things You Can Do For Birds: Plant a garden. Be a citizen scientist. Join “Lights Out.” Your steps can make a difference. Learn more…
  • Did you know that National Audubon has a Raptor Map? This interactive map includes everything from raptor rehab facilities and Audubon nature centers to great places for hawk and eagle watching. Add your favorite raptor spot, share photos and leave tips for other birders. Learn more on our Local Birding page, or go directly to the map website.

Photos of the Moment

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Virginia Rail, seen on the Fountain Creek winter bird count. Photo by Risë Foster-Bruder.

Have a photo you want to share? Send it to us at  AikenAudubon@gmail.com for possible inclusion here.